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Michael Arch

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In case you may have missed it, we are providing links to some news stories that appeared over the Queen's Birthday long weekend in the Australian media concerning further proposed changes to Australia's citizenship that are likely to be introduced into Parliament in the near future.

Here's a link to a story describing the changes, and here is another link to an article that provides some critical comments on the proposal.

These changes go beyond  the proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Act that were announced by the government in late April. Those changes would increase the required period that an applicant for citizenship must be a permanent resident of Australia from the current 12 months to 4 years; would require applicants to demonstrate a "competent" level of proficiency in English; would change or, in the government's words, "strengthen" the citizenship test to require applicants to demonstrate understanding and acceptance of "Australian values"; and would require applicants to provide evidence that they have become "integrated" into the Australian community.

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Migration Alliance has been contacted by Associate Professor Rebekah Doley of Bond University for assistance in notifying RMAS about a very important study that she is undertaking to assess the stresses that RMAs may experience when working with trauma-affected client populations.

Professor Doley describes the purpose of the study as follows:

"Of the approximately 6021 Migration Agents (RMAs) registered nationally, many will have worked at some time with trauma-exposed clients. I am looking for your support to understand how to build resilience in RMAs working in these difficult settings.

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Remember that famous phrase “Just when it seemed that it was safe to go back into the water……”

Likewise, it seemed based on a decision that was made by Justice Collier of the Federal Court in the case of Tesic v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2016) FCA 1465 last December that there might just be the possibility of a new ground for challenging a decision by the Minister under section 501CA(4) of the Migration Act,  not to revoke the cancellation of a visa on character grounds.

In other words, that the door to challenging cancellation decisions might have been propped open just a tiny, tiny crack, and that there might be a new avenue open to visa holders that would enable them to contest successfully decisions by the Minister to cancel.

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Sometimes it appears that a decision before the Tribunal may turn on the simplest of matters.

And that the Tribunal has apparently made an obvious error that could in theory be easily corrected (and an applicant’s visa status thus resolved).

However, even in a case of clear error, the Minister may not be prepared to concede that “the Tribunal got it wrong”.

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There are times when you see news stories about visa decisions that have been made by the Department that are so amazing, crazy and lacking in compassion and common sense that you literally cannot believe the words that you are reading.

That you cannot believe that the government, in the sound administration of the migration legislation, could possibly have made such a decision.

That gives new definition to the concept of “Wednesbury unreasonableness” – a decision that is literally so unreasonable that no reasonable decision-maker would have made it.

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